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The Narrow Margin (1952)

Not Rated | | Film-Noir, Thriller | 16 August 1952 (Italy)
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A woman planning to testify against the mob must be protected against their assassins on the train trip from Chicago to Los Angeles.

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Complete credited cast:
... Det. Sgt. Walter Brown
... Mrs. Frankie Neall
... Ann Sinclair
Gordon Gebert ... Tommy Sinclair
... Mrs. Troll
... Joseph Kemp
Peter Virgo ... Densel
... Det. Sgt. Gus Forbes
Paul Maxey ... Sam Jennings
... Train Conductor
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When a mobster's widow decides to testify and provide names of others involved in evil deeds, she goes undercover to avoid being killed. She is being escorted across country by train in order to testify. Cop Walter Brown and his partner are assigned the task, but the mob are on their trail. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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'KEEP THAT DAME AWAY FROM THE GRAND JURY!"...Terror rides night as killers talk woman witness! See more »


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The Target  »

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$188,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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According to TCM, in the film rating lingo of 1950's Hollywood, film noir -The Narrow Margin - was considered a cut above the typical B Film, or a "Nervous A" film. See more »

Goofs

The train route in the movie is that of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe through La Junta, Colorado, the route of the Super Chief, but the locomotive that is shown is a Southern Pacific GS-class locomotive. See more »

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Walter Brown: You're off your stick - way off.
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One of the best B movies ever...
17 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

The Narrow Margin is excellent. It's too bad more of our new directors have forgotten how to make a great film with a minimal budget, using instead inventive camera angles, good characters and dialog, and some surprises along the way. I really loved Marie Windsor as the mobster's wife who's going to LA to sing to the Grand Jury. She's one of the toughest broads I've ever seen! Charles McGraw does his standard tough cop role and turns in a performance that sets the standard by which all others are judged.

This is the original, and beats the heck out of the re-make.....


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